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Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna

Growing up in an Italian home, lasagna always brings back fond memories. But as a gluten-free athlete (most of the time!) who is committed to Meatless Mondays, I needed a vegetarian substitute for my favorite comfort food! This Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna is my go-to!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound zucchini, trimmed and sliced thin lengthwise
  • 9 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 24 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces parmesan
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 jar pasta sause
  • 12 ounces part-skim mozzarella
  • 12 ounces gluten free lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
 vegetarian-lasagna-with-spinach - albany move fit
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking oil. Season zucchini strips with salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. (The cooking time will vary according to how thinly you slice your zucchini.) Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Spray the pan again and add the spinach. Cook until the spinach wilts. Transfer to a plate lined with a clean towel and squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan, egg, garlic, basil, parsley and crushed red pepper. Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Coat a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta sauce on the bottom. Top with a layer of noodles, a layer of zucchini, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture and mozzarella. Spread 1/3 of the remaining sauce and repeat the layers. End with a layer of noodles, sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes prior to serving.

Sara K. Madden                                                                                                                               AMF Running Coach & Health Nut